As the pace of the holidays ramps up, it’s sometimes difficult to find the moments of inspiration and creativity that keep our work fresh. Consistently producing creative content marketing means you need to intentionally feed your mind and “spirit” with renewed sources of energy and inspiration. Once in awhile, when faced with that blank screen and blinking cursor, I’ll set the blog writing aside and go in search of new views, opinions and creativity.
Today I want to look at how various creatives keep their inspiration flowing, even in the mundane ins and outs of life.
This curated group of articles below all inspired me in one way or another this week. Skim through them and give your mind a mental refresher.
How to See Inspiration in the Everyday – 99U
How to See Inspiration in the Everyday – 99U When I’m driving and things come to me, it’s definitely not forced. The times when I try to force it, it usually doesn’t happen. Really, my only job as an artist is to remain as open as possible and as aware as possible, so for ideas to enter me I have to be open. That’s the only thing I really need to focus on.
Head Into 2015 With the Goal of Creating an Inspiring Workspace
Head Into 2015 With the Goal of Creating an Inspiring Workspace I am a big believer that each of us is our own brand(butnot the Kim Kardashian-style of personal brand). How we look and conduct ourselves works to build that personal brand every day. One very clear reflection of our personal brand is our individual workstations –at least the professional side of our personal brands.
5 extremely WEIRD places to find creative inspiration
5 extremely WEIRD places to find creative inspiration | Joshua Duvauchelle’s Blog You cant wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. -Jack London
Have you ever felt the creative blahs? Where you look at a project and you know you can do a fine enough job, but you’re lacking that spark? Where you’re missing that ah-hah moment in a creative project when everything clicks and becomes exceptional?
When I feel like this, I know it’s time to dig deep and find some new inspiration to kick me into a higher level of productivity, consciousness and creativity. And I often find it in the WEIRDEST places!
5 Places to Find Creative Inspiration
5 Places to Find Creative Inspiration When asked about his creative process, author Kurt Vonnegut advised that, We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. Luckily, creativity never demands perfection. Instead, your success at a creative arts schooland in your creative career relies heavily on bravery and the ability to color outside of the lines. Yet sometimes, creative thought can start to flounder amid expectations of the tried and true.
Advice From Today’s Top Illustrator-Entrepreneurs|Matthew Meisner
Advice From Today’s Top Illustrator-Entrepreneurs|Matthew Meisner When it comes to building brands online there are no group of individuals more successful or sought-after than the artistic entrepreneurs I interviewed for this article. They understand that being artistically skilled and talented is only part of the equation to success, and that it involves hard work, dedication and putting themselves out there. Here is some insight and advice they have shared that will help you with your own creative ventures.
The Awesome Power of Immersion|Mitch Ditkoff
The Awesome Power of Immersion|Mitch Ditkoff We knew we had a great idea for a business, but we also knew that ideas were a dime a dozen and that unless we really immersed we’d end up with nothing much more than a charming story to tell at cocktail parties — the idea for a business, but not the business itself. Armed with little more than a flip chart, a few marking pens, and a burning desire to create something new, we unplugged from all our other commitments and jumped in with both feet. We brainstormed, blue-skied, dialogued, role played, invented, read, sang, stretched, drank coffee, wine, the crisp Colorado air, and whatever else it took to free ourselves from the gravity of what we already knew.
Seth’s Blog: The thing about a clean sheet of paper
Seth’s Blog: The thing about a clean sheet of paper It’s tempting to believe that creativity comes from starting fresh. You can’t do real work without edges, without something to leverage, but those edges don’t have to be the same edges as everyone else uses.